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First cohort of traditional nursing graduates achieves 96 percent pass rate on National Council Licensure Exam.

June 8, 2016

MSU Denver’s first cohort of traditional nursing graduates achieved a 96 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Exam, more than 10 percent better than the national average of 83 percent.
MSU Denver’s first cohort of traditional nursing graduates achieved a 96 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Exam, more than 10 percent better than the national average of 83 percent.

First cohort of traditional nursing graduates achieves 96 percent pass rate on National Council Licensure Exam.

Last month, the Department of Nursing received the official report for the first cohort of students to go through MSU Denver’s Traditional Nursing Program and their pass rate on the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses.

The results were impressive. The class achieved a 96 percent pass rate, more than 10 percent better than the national average of 83 percent.

“It’s great news for the students who have put in so much work to become registered nurses,” said Linda Stroup, chair of the Department of Nursing, “and it’s also a good indicator of the quality of education happening in the program.”

The results impact the program’s accreditation as well. To remain approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing the program must maintain a 75 percent pass rate. National accreditation requires the program to stay at or above the national average.

MSU Denver has offered nursing education since the 1970s, but until recently focused on helping students with associate or non-nursing bachelor’s degrees complete a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). In January 2014, the University added a Traditional Nursing Option (TNO) for students wanting a four-year undergraduate experience leading directly to a BSN.

The TNO Program is extremely competitive, generally receiving 160 applications from qualified candidates for 24 spots each year. Indicative of MSU Denver’s student body as a whole, the program draws students from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures.

“We are very proud of our students and their success,” said Stroup. “This achievement speaks to their dedication and sets a high bar for the classes that will follow them.”

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